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tianity, and that they consist in those Dio , caused all these appearances miraculously, vine qualities essential to it which are re though they appear natural. Of course God cognized by those who are "spiritual.” can deceive if he will. To repeat our Mr. Stuart “is on the wrong trail” in de former illustration, God could have created nominating those evidences external, which all the fossils, skeletons, shells, and trees have always been spoken of as internal. as they are, instead of their being what Io opposition to Dr. Chalmers, we rate they appear to be, the remains of once them far above the external evidences, living beings,-a view once thought necesand hold that the state of mind which'ap sary by some theologians to save the credit preciates them is essential to a person's of the Mosaic cosmogony, and to disprove being a christian.
“ death before the fall,”—God could thus (6) The first half of Mr. Stuart's third deceive us in creation, and he could equally division looks like a statement of our view. in Revelation present appearances opposite We should have almost thought him inspired to the fact. The grand disadvantage of by “The Church.” The Human and the thus calling on the power of God, is, that Divine in the language of Scripture, is the it leaves us trembiing for his veracity. It very thing to be adjusted. On the verbal makes him the deliberate author of false theory there is really nothing human. The appearances, with no means on our part of man is but a machine :--"a musical instru correcting them. ment played on by his Creator,” is a favour (8) We thank Mr. Stuart for his comite image.
pliment and admonition. But we think our (7) Yes, God “could” move the writers friend must have had the gift of second to choose the words they would have chosen, sight, or he would not have discerned a had he not dictated the words; that is, he spectre, where, to those who have good 9 could present to us every appearance of the common sight, all is natural and true. diction being that of the writer, while it (9) We also thank him for his kind con- * was in reality his own; so says the Catholic, clusion. The validity of all the arguments --the bread has, indeed, every appearance of writers on the question, of course we o of being still bread,—but you are to believe shall also decline to guarantee. We should 9 that it is flesh and blood. Had the style think the controversy of almost no consebeen the same, from the pens of such quence, were not our young men now exdifferent writers, the very miracle would posed to a peculiarly dangerous mode of have been evidence that it was verbally attack on the part of infidels, and did we inspired. It would have been clear that not think the verbal theory of Inspiration: the language was that of one author, of that which lays the Scriptures most open to whom the sacred writers were but the the most dangerous of these attacks. To amanuenses. The expedient of Mr. Stuart such as can, without danger to their faith, to save verbal Inspiration we think the most receive the verbal theory, we say most sindangerous which can be resorted to. We cerely, “Let them receive it;” only let think the self-evident truth Mr. Stuart them believe that the “self-evidently” huwants us to rest upon, must be difficult man style of Scripture may be what it indeed to find, if, when things appear self appears, without detriment to its being the evident, we are yet to be told God can have | mind and word of God.
A Page for the Young.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. I we are about to relate is one of so forcible This caution is applicable to all, but more a character that we think it will be produc- # especially to young men; and the incident | tive of good.
Two young clerks in a large American I only have spoken the language of the coun. Gt and French house in Pearl-street, were try they wished him to go to. Tom listened
particularly intimate, so much so, that with delight, and inwardly chuckled at the
should have the situation if you could only
and there is no time, I suppose, to study For some days his companion witnessed now, so I must just do the best I can. Mr.
his persevering efforts to make “Grotto" Toutette, shall you and I have a little chat ? extend bring his handkerchief, catch pennies, stand perhaps I may pass muster.”
upon his hind legs, and do many other trilling Mr. Toutette and Tom entered into an but amusing tricks. At length he got tired animated conversation very much to the of being a looker on at so much waste of surprise of all present, which, after being
time, and resolved that whilst his friend kept up in double quick time for some EJ, I was being the tutor of “Grotto,” he him fifteen minutes, Mr. Toutette very candidly of fals self would be a pupil to a French teacher, told his partners that Tom was fully commorte and endeavour to master the French lan petent for the place.
guage by the time “Grotto's ” education Tom was a great favourite, and the firm was completed.
were heartily glad that he was capable of Without saying a word to his friend he holding the situation, and he was instructed
commenced his studies, and being diligent, to prepare himself for departure by the season fast acquired a knowledge of the language; next steamer. Erned he also improved from hearing a good deal Tom now returned to his friend, who met online of French spoken in the warehouse, though him with a right good “Ha! ha! ha!"
he carefully avoided uttering a word. At “Well, Tom, no use; I told you so." length “Grotto" was finished, and had “Ah," replied Tom, " you are out this
very truly acquired a knowledge of an time. My French has been approved of, -imenili infinite number of amusing games, and his and I am done here-I sail in the next Le F owner prided himself no little on his ac steamer." cocheles quirements.
?" You don't say so; but, Tom, when did able The owner of “Grotto" was a little the you learn French ?”
senior in the house of the other, and of "When you were teaching Grotto.'”
course preceded him in promotions. One A new light flashed across the vision of mode o morning he came out of the private room
" Grotto's" master. "What!” said he, did 6 of the principal member of the firm, and “ whilst I was fooling over that dog, were wanitatis looking very much down-cast, approached you studying ?” ... his friend.
“ Just so; and you now know with what “ Tom,” said he, “the firm want to send success our time has been rewarded !"
one of the clerks this summer to France to By the judicious disposal of time, one meir live buy goods, and they have offered the chance young man is on the high road to mercantile most six to me, providing I could speak French, but
fame and fortune, whilst, by throwing away only as 'oui' is about the extent of my French, time, another, equal in abilities, is doomed Lahat ng it's no go for this time. What a fool I was to drudgery and clerkship perhaps all his we in not studying it when I was a boy!
days. “Well,” said Tom, “whose chance is
THE CLOSING YEAR. “Why yours, of course, ha! ha! ha! they My juvenile readers are looking forward, will put the question all round out of
I doubt not, to the commencement of a new politeness, and as none of us can parley year with joyous expectations. You have vous, ha! ha! ha! why somebody will be
begun to think of the merry holidays of its engaged, and all of us headed off.”
first week, and of the beautiful New Year's In the course of the morning Tom was presents from your friends and companions, noble called before the firm, and in glowing terms and some of you perhaps have planned visits, Csopalko were the advantages set forth if he could I excursions, and amusements, far on, for
several months, in the year which you have 1 I well recollect his last New Year's day. not yet seen commence; but how many of He came to me in the morning to shew me you are looking back on the year to which the present he had just received from his you are now to bid a last adieu? So eager mother. It was a Bible. He was delighted will you be to greet the new year, that I with it, and said he should use it in Sabbathfear you will allow the old one to pass away school, and at church, and never study ang with scarcely giving it a thought; yet this other; but he used it only a few months. year has been a precious portion of your He was very suddenly called away. One life. It has been the time with you to year was more than an eighth part of all his gather and store up knowledge and wisdom; life. A few moments after I saw his eyes i it has been the time with you to practise closed in death, I went to the bookcase where2 obedience to your parents and guardians, his little library was nicely kept, to look for and kindness to brothers, sisters, and com his Bible. It was then not altogether new, panions; it has been the time, the best time, as I had seen it before, but a little worn, to give your heart to God, and strive to and having in it many marks which his little obey all his precepts. Has all this been fingers had placed on parts which he had done, my dear young reader ? Have you loved to read, and had learned to recite. thought that you are an immortal being, His mother was very glad his last New having a spirit within you that can never Year's present was the best of books. 12 die ? This very inclination you have to be hope you will have such presents on the first always looking forward and never back, of the year as will do you the most good, shews that your mind cannot stop here. It and not such as will merely amuse you. Do is stretching itself onward, and still onward, not suppose I would rob you of your plea! to reach another state of existence,
sures, and cast a shadow over the joyous And now this year of 1851-have all its morning of your life. Oh, no, I desire that days been so improved as to prepare you for you may be truly and for ever happy ! Seve. a better world? Who knows but this one ral of my juvenile acquaintance will look year has been a large part of your life on back over this closing year, and back to it! earth? To thousands it has been the tenth, through an eternal life of happiness, as the eighth, or seventh part of their probation. most blessed of all years, for in the first part! But I suppose the boy or girl whose eyes of this year they became Christians. They now pass over this will think, “One year have just begun to be truly happy. If you will not be so large a part of my life. I ex cannot feel that you are now interested in A pect to be a man or woman. I have often the great salvation, do not suffer another thought what I shall be and do when I grow year to commence without giving your up.” Yes, my child, and so have all others heart to Jesus Christ. He is the children's w thought before you; but very many die in Friend. Love and trust him, and he will su childhood. I once had a little friend who make your future years happy, and, when all was very healthy and active, and I suppose years are past, he will take you to live with had never thought of dying in childhood. him in heaven.
A CURE FOR ANXIETY.-It will give me 1 on another situation, and pray believingly the utmost pleasure to understand that the that God would translate you there; and agitation of uncertainty respec!ing this why? Because you know not if these world's riches, has led you to draw closer things be agreeable to the will of God. to that “living God who giveth us all This want of knowledge prevents an abthings richly to enjoy.” It is delightful to solute belief, and hence, though you do think that whatever we ask in prayer be pray for the things above specified, you lieving we shall receive. The condition may not get them; you may pray for them upon which you get, is that you believe that in the following terms, “Lord, if it be thy you shall get it (Mark xi. 24). Now we will,” &c. But there are certain other. will observe that this qualifying clause re. objects which you have a full warrant to stricts the prayer to certain objects. You pray believingly for, and which, believing, cannot pray believingly for riches; you you may pray absolutely for, and obtain cannot pray believingly for a continuance in them. You may rest assured that he will your present situation, you cannot fasten hear, if you ask according to his will
(1 John v. 14, 15). Now, there are many Far's day, such objects made known to us in the shew me bible, and forming the promises, which are from his Yea and Amen in Christ Jesus, The
Holy Spirit is one of these (Gal. iii. 14,* Luke xi. 13). Wisdom is another (James Sabbath- i. 5). The general object of salvation is a studr any third (1 Tim. ii. 4). Now, what I would manthe like to impress upon your mind, and all De who are beset with anxieties about the
future days they have to live in this world, of all ni is, that daily bread is one of these objects. his ever It is agreeable to the will of God that you e there ask it, for it is the very petition which the
Son of God taught his disciples. You " have a full warrant for believing, then, that ther nell, you shall get it, and according to the faith te worth of your prayers so will it be done unto you. his little This harmonizes with the precept, “ Take
no thought,” or as it should have been
rendered,"be not thoughtful,”- be not to recite anxious about the things of to-morrow. I Tost New shall only add, that if the most anxious and
e unhappy men of the world were examined was to the ground of their disquietude, it
would be found in ninety and nine cases host good out of the hundred, that the provision of rou. Do this day was not the ground of it. They Make carry forward their imagination to a dis
tant futurity, and fill it up with the spectre of melancholy and despair. What a world
o look for
of unhappiness would be saved if the things of the day were to occupy all our hearts.--the duties, the employments, the services of the day; and as to the morrow, how delightful to think that we have the sure warrant of God for believing, that by committing its issue in quietness to him, when the future day comes the provisions of that day will come along with it. Feel yourself to be in the hands of God, and you will not be afraid because of evil things (Ps. cxii. 7).--Extract of a letter from Dr. Chalmers to his sister.
PRAYER.-Prayer has divided seas, rolled up flowing rivers, made flinty rocks gush into fountains, quenched flames of fire, muzzled lions, disarmed vipers and poisons, marshalled stars against the wicked, stopped the course of the moon, arrested the rapid sun in his great race, burst open iron gates, recalled souls from eternity, conquered the strongest devils, commanded legions of angels from heaven. Prayer has bridled and chained the raging passions of men, and routed and destroyed vast armies of proud, daring, blustering atheists. Prayer has brought one man from the bottom of the sea, and carried another in a chariot of fire to heaven. What has not prayer done ? -Ryland.
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HAMBURGH. ti cu We have been favoured by the Rev. A. in Arthur, of Edinburgh, with a very interest.
ing account of a Conference of Baptist 100 churches, which he, in company with other ing sou brethren, has just attended at Hamburgh. dren's We regret that our space being this month will so much smaller than usual, we are com
pelled to abridge the account into a very
small compass. There were present, at lice with the Baptist Convention, at Hamburgh, be.
sides our brother, four others from England, -Brethren Steane and Hinton, from London, and Angus and Green, from Newcastle. Delegates from Berlin, Stetton, Breslau, Bremen, Memel, Magdeburgh, Copenhagen, Sweden, and other parts of the continent attended, and took part in the deliberations. From the reports given by the missionaries and colporteurs planted in different localities throughout the land, it appeared that decided indications were
everywhere manifested of a desire to hear Got the Word, tracts in large numbers readily 2015 received, and a far greater demand for do labourers in the gospel than could be
supplied. Many important subjects were ip them discussed in a temperate and christian
spirit. Among these, the necessity and other advantages of a Union amongst the Gertant to man churches, and periodical meetings for fering fraternal counsel and encouragement, were
very fully considered. These were much approved, provided there were no element
of authority introduced, but each church remaining independent, and subject to the jurisdiction and government of their spiri. tual and Divine Head. Arrangements seemed to be contemplated, somewhat resembling the Baptist Associations in England, or the Scottish Congregational Union of Scotland, which have wrought so beneficially in advancing their spiritual good, and extending the cause of the Redeemer around them. At the close of these deliberative meetings, during which the brethren from Britain were occasionally invited to give their opinions, the christian salutations of the convention were most cordially and unanimously voted to the churches whom they represented. The members of the deputation then addressed them,-dwelt on the affectionate interest felt in their prosperity, their desires for their continued progress and preservation from the wiles of the great adversary,--and promised to make known at home what they had seen of the grace of God. Interesting services were also held on the following Sabbath morning. in which Brethren Lehman, Steane, Green, and Arthur, took various parts. On the evening of this day, Brother Oncken preached, and the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was administered. The brethren felt that though they spake in divers tongues, they were one in heart and in blessing. To the
churches in Germany, there have been' I added, during the three last years, up
wards of 1700 souls, and the number of
ere, and i these
for the an's fries also a los
members in fellowship altogether is now E. Davis. There is a chapel and vestries, and nearly 4000. They have a wide field for some burial ground, which cost about £900. their operations. It is not marked by a The chapel is substantial, and will accommultiplicity of sects as in this country, and modate between 300 and 400 persons,which often cast very powerful obstacles in but there is a debt of £250 still remaining. the way of the most faithful servants of the The town, which has a population of nearly Lord. Many doors are still open on the 3,000,, together with the surrounding vil. continent for the admission of the gospel, lages, afford an interesting field of labour and more enquiries for the Word of Life for some devoted and enterprising young than our brethren can answer. ' Neological man, sentiments are yet very prevalent in Ger
BIRMINGHAM-GRAHAM-STREET CHAPEL. many. The work of David Strauss has been re-published in a cheap form, and cir
The foundation-stone of a school-room culated in immense numbers among the
in connection with the Baptist chapel, in
Graham-street, Birmingham, was laid on people. Infidelity has thereby become strengthened and increased. What our
the 11th ult., by the Rev. Thos. Morgan;
and the occasion was also appropriated by brethren witnessed, however, of the progress of the work of God in Germany,
that gentleman's friends to the commemor. calls for holy gratitude to the God of all
ation of the jubilee of his ministry in Bir
mingham. Nearly all the Baptist and Ingrace. Though they had seen much of the
dependent ministers in the town were premagnificence of this world, yet the emo
sent. The ceremony of laying the stone tions inspired by spectacles of mere outward grandeur were entirely eclipsed by
commenced with a procession from the old those which were excited by scenes of spi
school-room to the site of the new one, ritual life, when they beheld so large a
several hymns were sung and prayer offered, company of souls born again of the Word
after which the aged and respected minister and Spirit of God, and “made meet for
of the chapel addressed those assembled on being partakers of the inheritance of the
the important object for which the building saints in light.”
now begun was to be appropriated. An DUNMOW.
adjournment then took place into the
chapel, and speeches were delivered by The Baptist church, at Dunmow, has
Josh. Sturge, Esq., the Rev. J. A. James, been in a feeble and inefficient state for and others, on topics connected with the many years, which has been partly owing jubilee, with Mr. Morgan's long and arduto a considerable debt remaining upon the
ous labours, and with popular education. chapel, and partly owing to the existence of An address was presented to Mr. Morgan discordant sentiments among the people. on behalf of the meeting, after which the Within the last three years, several persons proceedings closed. who hold-or who are represented to hold
MINCHINHAMPTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. Antinomian views, have withdrawn from the congregation; the consequence of which
The Rev. J. Morris, of the Baptist has been, that matters have been conducted College, Bristol, who has recently been more peaceably in the church. Mr. J. King. supplying at the above place, has acepted who has laboured there with great devoted the unanimous and very cordial invitation ness for some years, has been compelled,
of the church to become their pastor. He through ill-health, to relinquish his pastoral commenced his labours on Lord's-day, duties. But having been the means of in Sept. 21, with many promises of happiness troducing a healthier spirit into the church, and success. he was anxious, before qutting his post, to
MILDENHALL. secure to the people the christian sympathy The Rev. W. C. Ellis, late pastor of the and support of the neighbouring churches. Baptist church, Burwell, Cambridgeshire, He therefore induced the friends to seek has accepted an invitation to the pastorate connexion with the Essex Baptist Associa of the church at West-Row, Mildenhall, tion ; and, in September last, when the Suffolk, and commenced his stated labours state of his health rendered it imperative there on the third Sabbath in October. that he should at once give up his public
ROSS, HEREFORDSHIRE. labours, Mr. King and his friends united in a request to the ministers of the said Asso
The Rev. John Cooper has resigned the
pastorate of the Baptist church in this ciation, that they would kindly supply the pulpit for some time to come, and that they
town, in order to take charge of the Baptist :
church in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to would render to the church such advice and
which place he will be followed by the assistance as it might require in its future operations. This request was promptly re
earnest prayers and ardent good wishes sponded to. The chapel was closed for
of many among whom he has been accus. some necessary repairs in the beginning of
tomed to labour. October, and on Lord's-day, the 19th, it was
GLASGOW. re-opened, when sermons were preached by The Rev. R. Johnston, of Beverley, bas" the Rev. E. Davis, of Romford, and on accepted an invitation from the church in Monday, the 20th, another service was held. Blackfriar-street, Glasgow, to become their when two addresses were delivered by the pastor, and will enter on his labours early Rev. D. Rees, of Braintree, and the Rev. 1 in December.
Leeds: Printed and Published by John Heaton, 7, Briggate.